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Manhwa / Faeries' Landing

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Faeries' Landing (선녀 강림 Seonnyeo Ganglim) is a Manhwa by You Hyun and published by Tokyo Pop in America. The series is largely known for its quirky humor, with several dashes of magical mishaps and more than a few secret plots. It is based off an old Korean tale called ''The Fairy and the Woodcutter'', a variant version of which is the basis for the Japanese series Ceres, Celestial Legend.

The story starts with Ordinary High-School Student Ryang Jegal literally crashing into a faun named Chun-rok (called Goodfellow in the English translation) who is on the run from the police. In repayment for helping him, Chun-rok lets Ryang see a mystical sight - a trio of gorgeous faeries bathing. Things go wrong when Ryang tears one of the faeries' enchanted gowns, leaving the unlucky owner of that gown to be stranded on Earth and unable to ascend back to the Faeries' realm of Avalon. This faerie, Fanta, predicts that Ryang is destined to go through 108 doomed relationships, and he's going to need her help to get through them. But it won't be easy, since there are other things going on behind the scenes involving someone with a grudge against Fanta and a few other complications in Ryang's 108 evil affinities.


This series provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Hun and Taeyeong definitely are.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: All the fairies appear this way.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: None of the characters seem to get it right, love-wise.
    • Ryang loves Fanta, who acts like she loves him back, but is really only using him to find her father.
    • Kang loves Yuri, but Yuri is still in love with Ryang.
    • Yusin has a crush on Ryang, who thinks she's cute, but likes Fanta more before he finding out that she was only using him.
    • Medea likes the King, but the King likes Fanta.
    • Sindo likes Oran, who likes him back, but this seems a bit forced at the start and she eventually ends up locking him up in a jail cell in Avalon.
      • Also, Ryang's evil affinities all have their love unrequited whilst under the curse. However, they all end up happily with their respective other halves of their affinities.
  • Alpha Bitch: Medea seems to think she is one. Oreadia can also be considered this, as well as Lady Samsin.
  • Animal Motifs: Oreadia's master gown features a crane pattern - art assistants expressed much joy when she levelled down to her former dress because the pattern took them forever to draw.
    • Yuri is associated with cats, metaphorically and literally, given that she is always hanging around with Bast.
  • Beauty Is Bad: The faeries' of Avalon. Beautiful - incredibly so - but they do nothing but cause trouble and grief.
  • Bed Trick: With the help of Seraphina, Sino swaps bodies with Sindo whilst he is having sex with Oran.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Fanta's family has a bloody and tragic history, all of which started when Seraphina purposely stranded Oran on Earth. Tragedy ensues when Sindo steals her dress and she falls victim to rape by Sino, losing her powers as a result of the trauma, and her forever tarnishing her reputation in Avalon once she returns.
  • Blah, Blah, Blah. Many instances. Notably, one when Kang finds out Yuri used to date Ryang, and launches into a rant about how much better he is than his brother.
  • Break the Cutie: Fanta has the most accursed luck... Her mother hates her and tries to kill her. Ryang finds out she's using him and hates her. She learns of her parents' back-story (no joy there). She is briefly re-united with her father, who dies soon after, shortly followed by her mother. Her home is threatened... And then the series was cancelled.
  • The Bus Came Back: Yusin Min, a former evil affinity. She makes a comeback at the end of Volume 16, and turns out that Yuna, Daecheol, Hayeong, Jihyeon, Jinhui and Hansu from the skateboarding competition in Volume 4 were all on the same bus too.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Nina's outfit is very impractical, especially considering the fact that she's a royal guard. Also, those faeries in Volume 19 who try to stop Fanta from getting away on the nine-tailed fox (really Charon under a spell the King cast on him).
  • Clothes Make The Super Man: Faeries are strongest when wearing their winged gowns.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Taeyeong is probably the most obvious, but almost everyone with the exception of Yuri, Oran, Charon and Samsin.
  • Combat Haircomb: Oreadia has a particularly fancy hairclip in the shape of a butterfly, which also conveniently doubles for a small throwing knife.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Seraphina is sent to Earth in punishment for her crimes, where she would be reborn and only remember her past in Avalon on her fifteenth birthday.
  • Cool Loser: Ryang isn't terribly unpopular, but his attitude does tend to grate others, possibly explaining his lack of real close friends. Seho Yun could also count.
  • Costume Porn: Winged gowns, especially at their master level. Oreadia's is especially elaborate.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Daecheol, although there are plenty of others in Volume 4. Basically, every male half of the girls who look into Ryang's eyes and fall under the curse.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Oreadia, who lost everything as a consequence of Seraphina's jealous and conniving actions.
  • Darker and Edgier: The series starts off light and humorous, but progressively gets darker. We discover that Oreadia is trying to kill Fanta, and Yuri attempts to kill Ryang. Then the series really spirals off into darkness as Fanta and Ryang go back in time, and we find out about Fanta's parents' past, where darker and more mature themes such as rape and suicide are introduced. Going back to the human world, much of the more edgier happenings are the product of Yuri's doing (such as the kidnapping of Yusin, body-swapping and hosting of evil forces).
  • Dark Secret: That fateful day when Ryang met Fanta and ripped her dress was no coincidence. Fanta actually planned her stay on Earth because she wanted to find her father. Of course, she keeps this from Ryang until their trip to Sokcho in Volume 11, where he overhears her talking to Goodfellow, and thus finds out The 'Terrible Truth'.
    • Also, the King's plans for Avalon using Fanta's and Oreadia's bodies were kept very confidential between him and Lady Samsin. Charon found out, and the King had him turned into a nine-tailed fox and had him hunted by the citizens.
  • Death by Woman Scorned: Months after their messy break-up, Yuri attempts to kill Ryang by stabbing him with a knife. Because if she can't have him, no one can.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's later revealed that's why Fanta stayed on Earth. It's the only way she can find out more about her father.
  • False Friend: Fanta, who is later revealed to have planned her stay on Earth so that she could use Ryang's body to find out about what happened to her father.
  • Fantastic Racism: The faeries largely look down on humans.
  • Fatal Flaw: Fanta's is that she will always go running back to her mother, despite everything Oreadia has done to their family.
  • Final First Hug: As she is in the process of cessation, Oreadia apologises to Fanta for never loving her the way a mother should have, and hugs her before she dies.
  • Flaming Hair: Gabija, spirit of fire and household has hair that looks like flames.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Medea and Charon, Sino and Sindo, Fanta and Pain (to an extent).
  • Friendship Moment: Fanta and Ryang have one in Volume 17 (quite surprising, considering all that's happened between them). Referring of course, to Ryang finding out that Fanta was only using him to find her father.
    Fanta: You did a good job out there today. *they smile at each other and high-five*
  • Frilly Upgrade: Fanta's upgraded dress is bedecked with rows upon rows of ruffles.
  • From Bad to Worse: Ryang seems to have the worst luck, because since meeting Fanta, everything gradually goes downhill for him as the series progresses. A more immediate example occurs in Volume 4, when Ryang accidentally creates three evil affinities in a row.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Yuri and her switchblade. Fanta/Oreadia with the Blade of Affinity. Medea with that sword in Volume 3.
  • Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen: This triggers complete chaos, and subsequently writes the entire plot-line of Faeries' Landing.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Sindo, who welcomed the prospect of death as he had long suffered being imprisoned in Avalon, having memories he didn't remember experiencing.
  • Hired for Their Looks: Yuri is cast as a replacement for Yeongyeong in her film, purely because of her beauty.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Inverted by Ryang and his friends in the flashback to the nightclub scene prior to Ryang's first meeting with Yuri. Ryang, Mungyeong and Samtaek catch the attention of some hot older girls who are dressed very provocatively.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Seraphina's (2nd Class) and Medea's winged gowns. The dresses that Oran and Seraphina are shown to be wearing when they bathe on Earth.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Despite not being that pretty at all when compared to the rest of the girls in the series, all of the characters still seem to find Yeongyeong (The "Lucky Charm") extremely attractive.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Fanta is forced to live with Ryang after he rips her winged gown, leaving her unable to ascend back to Avalon.
  • In-Series Nickname: Fanta calls Ryang 'Young Master'. He in return nicknames her 'Shorty'. Medea is nicknamed 'Blondie'.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Fanta is technically 156 years older than Ryang.
  • Interspecies Romance: Ryang and Fanta, who is half-human, half-faerie. Also, the same scenario with Fanta's parents, Sindo and Oreadia, although Oreadia is of full faerie blood.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Subverted with Yuri, who only wants Ryang to be with her, happy or not. And she's willing to kill anyone who gets in her way, including Ryang himself.
  • Jerkass: Every character really, apart from Yusin who is actually nice. Prime examples include Kang and Medea.
  • Just Friends: Ryang and Fanta, who occasionally get mistaken for a couple, but are, in fact, just friends.
  • Likes Older Women: Ryang has a thing for Fanta, who is over a hundred years older than him, technically (and even in human years she is a year older than him). Also, Yuri (his psycho ex-girlfriend) was older than him.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Unless disguising as a human, the magical beings are almost always shown to be wearing the same clothes.
  • Lingerie Scene: Yuri takes Kang back to her house, goes to have a shower, and comes out of the bathroom in nothing but her bra and panties, much to Kang's delight. She even tells him that he can look all he wants.
  • Love Dodecahedron: At one point, Medea loves The King, who wants to marry Fanta, who may or may not love Ryang, who is possibly in love with Fanta whilst still having feelings for Yuri, who is seeing Kang, whom Jinyeong is in love with and fake-dating Seunggyu in order to get Kang to appreciate her, but Seunggyu is secretly in love with Jinyeong.
    • (Thankfully) this kind of works itself out because Fanta leaves for Avalon, and Jinyeong and Seunggyu get together. So that just leaves Medea with a one-sided crush for the King, and a Kang-Yuri-Ryang-Yusin Love Triangle.
  • Love Triangle: Sino-Oran-Sindo (it didn't work out well at all), and Yuri-Ryang-Fanta (with Yusin on the side after she makes a reappearance).
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Fanta actually planned for Ryang to stumble across her in the bath-house, and also for him to rip her winged gown forcing her to stay behind on earth.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Most of the faeries, especially in the first book, where Fanta's cleavage and stomach make several appearances, much to Ryang's delight. Also some of the human girls, Yuri notably.
  • Parental Abandonment: Not much is known about Ryang's parents, other than the fact that they both work overseas. Ryang lives with his older brother Hun and his wife, Taeyeong.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The winged gowns, especially Seraphina's (when she gets to 1st Class) and Oreadia's (before she starts weakening and her dress levels down). Some of Yuri's and Fanta's dresses are pretty fancy too.
  • Plant Hair: Nyrckes, spirit of wood, has leaves and vines decorating her hair.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: The faeries' hair usually appears even longer when they are all powered up.
  • Product Placement: Many times throughout the series, including McDonald's and Converse.
  • Rape as Drama: Oran's backstory, where she was raped by Sino, resulting in Pain. A more twisted version of this happens when Sino switches bodies with Sindo whilst he and Oran are having sex, resulting in Fanta's conception.
  • Really Gets Around: Yuri says that before Ryang she used to have a different boyfriend every week (rumour was she turned them all into cats once she was done with them), and before joining the military, Kang was known to be a bit of a ladies man.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Some of the faeries. Lady Samsin is actually over 5000 years old.
  • Revenge: Everyone. Oran and Seraphina on each other, Medea on Fanta, Yuri on Ryang, Oran on Sino and Sindo alike.
  • The Rival: Miranda (Medea) hates Fanta and frequently tries to one-up her, but Fanta really doesn't care much. Also, Yuri sees Fanta as a rival for Ryang's affections.
  • Santa Claus: Featured in a special Christmas side-story.
  • Scars are Forever: Ryang has a scar on his forehead that was given to him by Yuri, hence why he always wears a bandana.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: For a while, Ryang has this reaction whenever Fanta unbinds her hair and transforms into her sexy faerie form.
  • Ship Sinking: Fanta and Ryang. We find out in Volume 11 that she was only using him because he was a reincarnate of her father's soul, and she needed his body for a spell to enable her to go back in time.
  • Ship Tease: Ryang and Fanta. Ryang and Yusin once Fanta ascends to Avalon.
  • Shirtless Scene: Quite a lot, actually. Notably, the trip to Sokcho where the crew went to a water park and the beach.
  • And to an extent, Ryang with Kang and Hun, Fanta and Pain, and Medea and Charon.
  • Thicker Than Water: Fanta still goes running to her mother when she hears that she is in trouble, despite all the things that Oreadia has done to ruin their family. She willing leaves Earth and Ryang behind, despite knowing that Ryang's life was in danger and that she might never be able to descend there again.
  • Time Travel: For a few volumes, Fanta and Ryang travel back to the past in order to find out the story between Fanta's parents (it wasn't pretty).
  • Upgrade Artifact: The elaborate hanboks the fairies wear augment their powers and Ryang's skateboard.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Fanta's eyes stand out from the other characters, being larger and a lot rounder in appearance.